Nominations for the Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy

Nominations are now closed

The Committee formally calls for nominations for the Sterling Prize every November. Nominations should be submitted to the Chair of the Sterling Prize Committee, care of the Vice-President Academic office no later than March 15 of the following year.

About the prize

The Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy was established at Simon Fraser University in 1993 to honour and encourage work that provokes and/or contributes to the understanding of controversy.


The Sterling Prize may be given for work in any field, including—but not limited to—the fine arts, the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and education. The primary aim of the Sterling Prize is to recognize and encourage daring, creative, controversial, unconventional and non-traditional work at Simon Fraser University that also meets high standards and is morally and ethically sound. An ancillary aim is to encourage the study, at Simon Fraser University, of the role of controversial, unconventional and daring works, either in general or in some particular area.

Further guidelines for submission are available here.

Normally it is expected that the Prize will be awarded to a member of Simon Fraser University—its students, faculty, staff, or alumni. However, the Prize may be awarded to a person unconnected to Simon Fraser University if the candidate’s contribution has been of exceptional merit and the award to her or him reflects favourably on the University.

In a year in which the Committee fails to find a suitable candidate, it may decline to award the Prize. However, no more than one prize should be awarded in any one year.

How to nominate

Nomination forms are available here or from:

Chair, Sterling Prize Committee
Vice-President Academic Office
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
Tel: 778.782.3925
Fax: 778.782.5876

How to Submit Nominations